Keeping her successful race pedigree intact, the SW96 Sorceress has once again achieved a fantastic result; this time in the RORC Caribbean 600 and after more than 2 days at sea. Arriving in Antigua as 3rd monohull to cross the line, she finished behind the first monohull – Wizard, a Volvo 70 who took line honours and only 5 hours behind Nikata, a 115’ Judel Vrolijk one-off racer cruiser. With over 50 yachts starting in the IRC Division, and 15 legs over the 632 nautical mile course around the Caribbean islands, the crew of Sorceress worked hard to achieve this incredible result.
Sorceress’ owner was on board for the race and absolutely delighted with the result, as he reported to us “The Caribbean 600 is a complicated race for an ocean race since it has about 20 island rounding plus additional sail changes for wind shifts. My SWS96 is well set up for this type of racing. The impact of small and large islands mean that one must be watching wind shifts night and day….little time for rest “
Jim Schmicker, Vice President of Farr Yacht Design said on their arrival in Antigua, “Congratulations to Will Apold and his crew for an excellent result being the third monohull to finish, after powering around the 632 mile course at an impressive average of 11.9 knots. The Caribbean 600 is a tough race and completing it in such an exceptional way is a tribute to the crew and the quality of the boat. Credit to Southern Wind for such an outstanding yacht. Sorceress is a yacht that easily shifts between luxury cruiser and capable racer and we look forward to many more exciting results from her.”
Marco Alberti,Southern Wind General Manager commented from Cape Town, “This is a true testament to the high standards of construction, that Sorceress once again fulfilled her potential – this time in a challenging and competitive offshore race. Her deck layout has been specifically designed for racing and short-handed sailing. She has transverse jib tracks that ensure fast trimming and precise sail handling. We are absolutely delighted for the owner and the crew.”
Yann Dabbadie, Project and Design Manager at SWS Shipyard, “Sorceress was the first SW96 launched and the owner wanted to give her a distinctive racing twist. The structure was optimised for stiffness and weight saving, while the hydraulic system and winches have been upgraded for full on racing performance. It has been most enjoyable team-work between us and the owner, in order to deliver what has today proven to be a very special yacht.”
This achievement is made even more spectacular, when you see her luxurious interior from Nauta Design – the entire race crew completed the race in total comfort, despite the challenges of a 600-mile long offshore race.